Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here’s the Data to Prove It
MAY 6, 2016, BY PAUL WILLERTON
As the warm glow of the Texas morning sun rises over the State Capital building in Austin, a cyclist suddenly flashes by. Flash is the right term. For someone seemingly commuting to work by bike, this one was really moving.The rider, Adam Alter, is just finishing his 19 mile daily commute from his home in Round Rock to BSX Insight, a company making and using specialized human performance monitoring equipment in Austin. Alter makes his living helping bike riders monitor and understand how their bodies and muscles, more precisely, are performing.
On this day, Alter blazed into town aboard his Focus Aventura Impulse Speed. He was collecting data about the commute, using both a traditional pedal commuter bike and the Focus eBike. His goal was to overlay the data sets and draw a conclusive comparison between these different bikes.
Note that his heart rate and average watts (from his pedal power) is consistent across all of the bikes, yet with the eBikes he is traveling faster and cuts his commute time down.
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